Chance for local people to find out what they need to get into cycling

The Cycling For Life exhibition Central Hall, Alice Street, Keighley on Saturday, June 28 is another event inspired by the Tour de France Grand Départ. Organised by Keighley Film Club, it will provide information on all aspects of cycling to local people have been who inspired to get into cycling either as a form of fun, convenient transport or with an eye on the sportier aspects of riding.

The expo is part of the 100-day build up to the Tour de France and accompanies Keighley Film Club’s Cycling Film Festival on the race weekend. It’s the first such event at the venue, and thought to be the first in the region.

Tour-related events in the area are being coordinated by Worth The Tour, a community group that aims to showcase the Aire & Worth valleys. Stage two of the Tour passes through Keighley and the Worth Valley before making its way into Calderdale via Hebden Bridge. The route includes, Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope.

For the Cycling for Life expo, Keighley Film Club and Worth the Tour are inviting enquiries from retail, official and voluntary bodies that promote different aspects of cycling. The event will offer a range of services such as education, training, maintenance, off road riding, cycle clubs, safety, sports events, bikes and equipment and road craft.

Alan Watkinson, deputy chairman of the film club, said: “The attraction of the world’s biggest sporting event, involving as it does communities along the route of Le Tour, has captivated enthusiasts. This will make Yorkshire the number one tourist destination at the beginning of July.

“We want to inspire those people who are interested in cycling – maybe because of all the excitement around Le Tour – but who’ve not even got one leg over a cycle yet!”

Any organisation that wants further information or wishes to register an interest is should contact Alan on 01535 604748 and leave their email address.

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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.